UNC Pembroke has postponed Spring Commencement exercises to August 7-8.
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings made the announcement today in an email to students, faculty and campus community.
The commencement ceremony for The Graduate School will be held the evening of August 7 and the undergraduate ceremony will take place the morning of August 8.
The decision was made after consultation with cabinet and leadership from SGA, Faculty Senate and Staff Council. Chancellor Cummings’ email reads, in part:
“Commencement is one of our most treasured parts of the UNCP experience, and trust me when I say we did not make this decision lightly. Above all else, we were committed to helping you celebrate this milestone in your life and providing you the opportunity to experience our tradition of completing your BraveWalk to the commencement stage,” the email reads.
A committee has already begun making the necessary adjustments to the plans and more information about logistics will be available soon at uncp.edu/commencement. Both graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will be livestreamed at uncp.edu/live.
“This is an extraordinary situation, and certainly not what we anticipated this semester. We appreciate your understanding, patience and most of all your support as we navigate these challenges together.
“As your chancellor, I am proud of how we have responded and of what we will accomplish in the months ahead.
Let this experience remind you to always keep your goals in sight and never give up on your passions. In life, you will be presented with obstacles. What will define you, your character, your very success in life, is how you respond and adjust.
“Please know your faculty and staff are doing everything in their power to provide the same education you have come to appreciate in your time at UNCP. They are working hard to support you as you complete your final semester.
“Our university has been tested by challenges before. We are resilient and together, we will get through this.”